The brunch at Briar Common Brewery and Eatery (2298 Clay St) is anything but common. The place is first and foremost a brewery, which means you'll have at least ten unique brews to choose from to pair with your weekend meal. The Briar American Pale Ale is a rich and malty crowd favorite — and it’s also the beer that started it all, before brothers Kent and Greg Dawson created the concept of Briar Common and eventually opened in the Jefferson Park neighborhood in October 2016. “Home brewing sparked everything, and in 2013 we decided to follow our dreams — and here we are,” says Kent, co-owner and operations manager.
Greg, the other owner and head brewer, is also a certified cicerone, the beer equivalent of a sommelier. Beers range from the unusual Sour Seoul kimchi-inspired sour chile ale to the more familiar Broken Bridge hazy IPA. The Sour Seoul starts as a light sour beer, but packs a little heat a few seconds after the first sip. It’s great in a flight or with a rich dish, or if you’re looking for a new unusual beer to try.
Brunch has been served at Briar Common since the brewpub opened nearly two years ago. Chicken and waffles are a crowd favorite, which is understandable once you see the dish. A Liege-style waffle is topped with two large pieces of fried chicken and a delightfully sweet blackberry syrup. The chicken is by far the crunchiest you will find for brunch, complementing the light and sweet waffle.
Best Brewery Restaurant award this year.
Whether you're craving a filling order of chicken and waffles with a strong IPA or a light frittata and all the mimosas you can drink, Briar Common has what you're looking for on the weekend. In addition to the satisfying food, there's also a small patio at street level and a rooftop deck overlooking Jefferson Park. Buckle up for smooth jazz, hefty portions and an eclectic beer menu.
Brunch is served at Briar Common Brewery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Call 720-512-3894 or visit the restaurant's website for more information.